'Coleridge Unbound' is an ambitious project for dance film and site-specific public outdoor performance, focusing on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s stance against slavery and his role as an abolitionist in the late eighteenth century. The project includes new choreography by leading British dance artists Michael Joseph, Keisha Grant, Deborah Baddoo, Bawren Tavaziva and Kay Crook, and develops partnerships with Somerset Film, the Museum of Somerset and The Coleridge Society.
With support from DLUHC, Near Neighbours and PRS Foundation Open Fund for Organisations, 'WindRushHour' offers live performance, educational workshops in schools and colleges, and online activity including panel discussions and classes. The project celebrates the massive contribution of the Windrush Generation to society and culture and features true legends of Caribbean music and dance.
Photo of Alan Weekes (c) Richard Budd.
THE LANGUAGE OF
State of Trust and Dartington Arts present a unique music and dance summer school from 4th-8th July 2022, offering a comprehensive and immersive experience for talented individuals in a one week residency at the historic arts educational venue in beautiful rural Devon.
Photo of Kenrick Rowe (c) Richard Budd.
ARTS & WELL-BEING
In response to the crisis in mental health and well-being amongst young people in Somerset, State of Trust are delivering arts and well-being workshops in Taunton with young people aged 13 upwards. Sessions cover a range of art forms from printmaking to drumming and percussion. Supported by Somerset West and Taunton Council and Somerset Community Fund via Mind in Somerset.
Photo of Ellen Miller & Deborah Baddoo (c) State of Emergency
WHERE IS HOME?
Alongside performances of our international dance theatre production, 'Where is Home?', we offer a comprehensive range of educational work, including workshops and residencies. The themes of 'Where is Home?' are migration, home and diaspora, identity, belonging and self worth. Currently State of Trust is delivering a 'Where Is Home?' programme in West Somerset supported by HPC/Somerset Community Fund.
Photo of our Los Angeles summer school (c) Daniel Spencer.
BLACK DANCE ARCHIVE
This unique and pioneering project focuses on the heritage of dance of the African Diaspora in the UK from 1950 to the present and fulfills an ongoing need for a current, coherent archive of Black dance. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, in partnership with the University of Bedford and Black Cultural Archives, Brixton.
Photo (c) Kokuma Dance Theatre
We are currently working towards an interpretation for dance theatre of the novel ‘Cane Warriors’ by Guardian Prize winner Alex Wheatle MBE. ‘Cane Warriors’ is based on the true story of Tacky's Rebellion, an uprising of Akan slaves that occurred in Jamaica in 1760. Through this production we aim to create an experience which acknowledges the significance of slavery and colonialism on the culture and psyche of modern Britain.
Photo (c) Alex Wheatle